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8.31.2021 – 9.6.2021

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fall mullet run

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We’re on the eve of September with some fantastic fishing to look forward to this month. The action kicks off with the opening of Snook season on the first, followed by a good six weeks of PEAK mullet run action on the beach. Also, we’ve got another giveaway this week for a Daiwa BG Inshore Spinning Combo, courtesy of Strike-Zone Fishing…

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SPACE B.O.I. FORECAST

OFFSHORE

7.5

INSHORE

8.2

BEACH

8.6

WEATHER OVERVIEW: With hurricane Ida unleashing her fury on our neighbors on the gulf coast it’s a sobering reminder that we take the necessary steps to prepare ourselves for hurricane season. I pray for their safety and quick recovery. As hurricanes typically do when they pass by, they have a tendency to pull the bad weather away from us. It looks like this upcoming week we will experience pretty nice weather overall. Tuesday (S) & Wednesday (WSW) both look like nice days with light winds in the morning before picking in the afternoon which is typical for summer. Thursday (WSW) the wind will pick up and so do the rain chances at over 50%. However, it will be short lived because the wind will taper off Friday and switch out of the (NE) as we make our way into the weekend. Keep an eye on Saturday (NE) afternoon if planning to run offshore, the current projection is lighter winds in the morning but substantially higher winds in the afternoon so just keep an eye on it. Sunday (NE) looks pretty good overall.

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RUNNING WITH THE MULLET

fall mullet run

Get hyped for the coming fall mullet run with another great story by contributor Paul MacInnis!

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GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Daiwa Combo giveaway

DAIWA BG INSHORE SPINNING COMBO

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Fishing Reports

In every week’s Spacefish fishing forecast, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Here’s what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week. And don’t forget — anyone — including YOU, can contribute a report to the list below!

Gator Trout on Topwater
October 20, 2021

Gator Trout on Topwater

This week of inshore fishing had a lot of action on topwater lures, but it was also kind of a mess. The first speckled trout I caught ended up slipping out of my hand and landing a few of the treble hooks into my hand while it flailed around. Luckily, the bards didn’t sink in, so I had just a little bruising. I caught a few more 15-16 inch trout in that area that didnt make the video. I somehow lost the footage. That was okay though because I did manage to film two of the biggest fish I’ve seen this year. At first I thought I hooked into a small bull shark, because all I saw was a big head wake, a dark shadow, and nothing but power the moment it hit my topwater. My knot failed, which is very rare for me, and I lost the fish before I even got the chance to put up a fight. A few moments later, I saw that it was big snook that was trying to shake the lure out while still busting on mullet. I felt pretty bad about having the lure still stuck to the fish but I’m sure it shook out or rusted out by now.

As I saw him swim around the flats, I tried to make a few casts to see if I could re-catch the Snook, since he was still feeding. Instead I hooked up on the biggest trout I’ve ever caught on topwater. She was just shy of 25 inches, but she engulfed a Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil. This was my second 25 inch trout on the year, the first came on a gulp shrimp that I put some bling on. This also my second PB of the year on topwater. I also caught a 32” redfish a few weeks ago. So far this season the Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil and the Rapala Skitter Walk have been putting in work. I’d like to do a more in depth review of these lures soon. I want to feature a lot of different topwaters but really wanted to put each one through its paces before I talk about them.

Until next time, stay funky!
-Spanky

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All About The Tarpon!
October 18, 2021

All About The Tarpon!

tarpon fishing

Who knew that October would become the new tarpon season here along the Space Coast?!? The tarpon bite is red hot along the beaches and also in our lagoons. Watching 50 to 150 pound class silver kings blasting through mullet pods along the near coastal waters dispatch week has been nothing short of spectacular.

I’ve had my clients casting large top water plugs or soft plastic jerk baits on a jig head to imitate the mullet that are streaming down our beaches this past week. The best bite is in the crashing surf areas where the tarpon are set up to ambush the mullet. Spinner and blacktip sharks, big redfish, bluefish, crevalle Jack, snook and big Spanish mackerel are also striking these lures.

In our lagoons, juvenile tarpon have been on a hot feeding spree during the mid morning periods for most of this week. Live fingerling mullet and pilchards are by far the best ways to get these smaller poons to strike. Soft plastics and flies that imitate baitfish will also work during low light conditions

It’s the best time of the year to get out and catch something so give us a call and we will get you scheduled to get your rod bent. Book online at FinelineFishingCharters.com and let’s go catch your next memory!!

by Capt. Jim Ross
Fine Line Fishing Charters | (321) 636-3728

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Loads of Sharks this Year!
October 18, 2021

Loads of Sharks this Year!

snook

Early morning snook for Greg!

We had a great week inshore and off the beach. Plenty of bait in the lagoon and quite a bit on the beach. Not as much as we would like to see, but there was some mullet as well as greenies along the beach withe Tarpon, Sharks, Jacks, Mackerel and plenty of ladyfish.

Live baits were best along the beach for the tarpon and sharks — and speaking of sharks — there have been more sharks this year than I’ve ever seen during the mullet run. The tarpon have been mixed in but the amount of black tip sharks is much more than we are used to during the mullet run. That said, the bite has been pretty good around the mullet schools and you never know what you will hook up with.

Inlet bite hasn’t been as good as it should be this time of year. That said, there have been some redfish and a few snook caught during the tides and the best tides have been afternoon/evening tides.

Inshore bite has been good with both live mullet and artificial baits. We’ve been working the shorelines and islands that are loaded with bait for snook, trout and some slot redfish and there’s been a few Flounder, ladyfish and bluefish mixed in. Rapala Skitterwalk and twitching mullet are great hard baits that we have been using and DOA 4” jerk baits and paddle tails rigged on 1/4 ounce jigheads have been our go to soft baits lately.

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Slot sized Redfish for Brent

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Lively Fishing Scene in the Surf
October 18, 2021

Lively Fishing Scene in the Surf

pompano

Active waters made for a lively surf fishing scene here on the Space Coast. The mullet run continues to deliver bubbling surfaces with predatory fish like tarpon, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks and sharks taking full advantage. Each day has brought with it waves of mullet, pilchards and horn bellies sweeping down the beach. This in turn has resulted in varying schools being ambushed at local area beaches with the higher tide proving to be the most successful.

pompano

Opportunities at hand have been thwarted specifically when the seaweed and dirty water takes over. The abundance of seaweed can restrict one’s ability to access the first and second trough with any effectiveness. Not all days encountered this issue. Certain days provided ample conditions while others just simply were too detrimental to access the fish. Reports varied on a daily basis. Cocoa Beach was freed of the inhibiting seaweed later in the week while Melbourne Beach to Sebastian Inlet beaches had an influx after the northeasterly winds shifted the seaweed south.

shark fishing

All in all, plenty of fish are being caught with the above-mentioned seaweed issues. The persistent surf fishermen are having success with whiting, short pompano, bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle and sharks, caught on bait or lures. Fresh cut bait deployed in the exploding first trough resulted in the majority of bluefish and sharks, while a rapidly retrieved spoon created catches of ladyfish, jack crevalle and a few Spanish mackerel. Fresh dead shrimp, sand fleas and Fishbites brought home the targeted whiting, pompano and sheepshead for supper.

sailcat

Relying upon one method of surf fishing isn’t a wide choice this time of year. The wide variety of species running the shores has resulted in our surf fishing charters staying flexible and diverse. Running surf fishing equipment for sharks and tarpon while coinciding this with light tackle, live bait fishing and dead sticks with pompano rigs for pompano and whiting. This playbook ensures a unique approach to let the current conditions dictate the most effective manner to target fish with the multiple opportunities on hand.

Exciting times are upon us as everyone eagerly awaits the first major schools of pompano to show. The water clarity has continuously improved from prior weeks, which will dictate the probability of success when the pompano do make their presence in Brevard County waters. The lone rangers and resident fish are currently present but the big numbers are still up the coast north of Jacksonville. With all that being considered, it’s just a matter of weeks coupled with a few cold fronts to get the show underway.

by Capt. Lukas Brickweg
Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters | (321) 205-4672

Party Boat Report
October 18, 2021

Party Boat Report

offshore

On the Ocean Obsession II, we’ve had no problem putting our customers on “The Meat” this past week. Bottom fishing out of Port Canaveral has been really good, overall. From cobia, sharks and AJ’s to an assortment of snapper, triggerfish and porgies, the bite has been solid. Keep in mind, we also offer full moon trips and shark nights, too. The next full moon trip is scheduled for October 25th, so make sure you book your spot ASAP! Spots are limited.

by Ocean Obsession II
| (321) 453-3474

Full Moon Mania
October 18, 2021

Full Moon Mania

Fellow anglers, prepare to howl at the moon! It will FULL on Wednesday night and the solunar forecast predicts the month’s peak fish activity on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. According to the solunar theory, the best times to fish are:

Tuesday:
11:34 AM-1:34 PM

Wednesday:
6:49 AM-7:49 AM
12:16 PM-2:16 PM
6:35 PM-7:35 PM1

May the moon voodoo be with you!

by JC

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Dropping Water Temps Boost Bite
October 18, 2021

Dropping Water Temps Boost Bite

cobia

Another outstanding week offshore out of the Port! I swear, this is the best time of year! Water temps are dropping and the fish are starting to turn on a little. Still no kings, but plenty of other species like COBIA! We are limiting out every single day with them. Amazing fishing. Blackfin tuna are showing up and we’ve been getting at least 1 per trip. Mahi you asked??? Yes, plenty of them, too, right now! Just slow troll weed lines and temperature breaks to find them, or look for a floating tree lol.

Kings are due any day and the weather will move them back in here soon. Just a heads up though — this week will be blown out, so get some stuff ready for the following week.

Good luck and see you out there!

by Capt. Chris Cameron
Fired Up Charters | (407) 222-3573

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Canaveral Lock Closures
October 18, 2021

Canaveral Lock Closures

Notice has been given from the Army Corps of Engineers that the Canaveral Lock will have a series of 4 hour closures to support maintenance on Tuesday 19 October through Thursday 21 October 2021. Closures will be 7-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. Closures will be based on progress and safety needs.

For up-to-date Canaveral Lock information, contact the shift operator at 321-783-5421 between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

by FSFA
Florida Sport Fishing Association

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Tarpon, Drum, Jacks
October 18, 2021

Tarpon, Drum, Jacks

tarpon

The tarpon bite continues to remain very good. They’re feeding on finger to large-sized mullet, depending on the size of the tarpon.

Meanwhile, black drum are starting to school up now along edges of drop offs and large jacks are moving into upper lagoon, crashing mullet schools and will crush a top water.

by Capt. Mike Mann
Fat Fish Guide Service | (386) 295-5991

Beach
October 12, 2021

Beach

after 10 days of regular action the beach has slowed down big time; been north of the inlet; experienced guys say wait for the next cool down and there are more mullet and predators on the way; curious what others think

by bmw

Headwaters & Garcia
October 11, 2021

Headwaters & Garcia

bass report

I managed to fish two times this past week. One day at Headwaters and the other day at Garcia.

On Headwaters we hit our favorite spot first thing. It’s always a great topwater bite. I’m still throwing my favorite Yo Zuri Prop bait because the bass love to eat it. This special little spot also will gauge how the rest of our day will be for catching fish. If we only get a few fish we have a slow bite for the rest of the day, but if it’s on fire, we do well after the sun gets higher and HOTTER. We have started to try new areas this week, too. With 10,000 acres of water we haven’t touched but a very little area.

The next day I did a solo outing to Lake Garcia. It’s like a small puddle compared to Headwaters but it’s my favorite lake. It was a slower bite and by 9am it was already 90 out. I like throwing my 7wt fly rod tied up with a popper style bug but they had no intention of eating that. I then threw an EZ Swimmer in and out of the submerged hydrilla and picked up several. I did see a couple of beds that looked like they may start to show signs of spawning on the next full moon. Garcia is one area that gives you the opportunity to be able to see the beds as it has a good sandy bottom for the bass.

submerged hydrilla

Lake Garcia’s sandy bottom provides a nice look at its submerged hydrilla beds.

All in all, it was good to be on the water and I am really looking forward to some comforting weather to be able to fish all day instead of sizzling like a piece of bacon on a pan.

by Terry Lamielle
| (321) 537-5346

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